Fyfe to miss Eagles clash

03 March 2018 06:51:24 EST

Captain Nat Fyfe has been rested by Fremantle for their practice game against West Coast on Sunday.

The Dockers superstar is being held back until the club's second JLT Community Series game against the Eagles next weekend. Fyfe was outstanding in the loss to Adelaide last week and will get a final tune-up when the teams meet in Joondalup on 11th March.

Fremantle football manager Chris Bond said: "While Nat will play in our second JLT series game next weekend, we believe the break from playing this weekend will help with the management of his training load.

"Nat has had a very strong pre-season, which included playing in the International Rules Series, and played in our first JLT series game last weekend."

Last year's No.5 selection Adam Cerra and exciting ruckman Sean Darcy are among the players to make their first appearance in 2018, along with Joel Hamling, Shane Kersten and Lee Spurr.

Brad Sheppard will captain the Eagles side while exciting forward duo Willie Rioli and Liam Ryan will be seen in tandem for the first time in a game.

Meanwhile, Mason Wood has made a quick recovery from a fractured left thumb and will play in North Melbourne's meeting with defending premiers Richmond next Wednesday.

The Kangaroos expected the 24-year-old would be ruled out of the Tigers clash after he suffered the injury three weeks ago in an intra-club game when Jamie Macmillan fell on his thumb after a marking contest.

But he's fast-tracked his recovery and, providing he gets through training on Sunday, he will get the nod to face Damien Hardwick's side at Ikon Park.

North Melbourne are 7/1 to finish in the top eight and 5000/1 to suffer the most losses in the regular season.

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